SBIR Phase I: Coating Health Monitors for Smart Infrastructure

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

ElectraWatch, Inc.
SUITE B-21, 660 Hunters Place
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Principal Investigator


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project involves development of a coating health monitoring system based on wireless electrochemical impedance sensors to identify, track, and predict corrosion damage on bridges, pipelines, and other metal structures. By making use of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Coating Health Monitors (CHM's) identify the degradation of coatings and paints, providing an early warning of corrosion of the underlying metal. It can detect paint coating degradation well before any irreversible corrosion damage occurs. The broader impact of this is the early detection of paint and coating health that will be greatly beneficial to public safety. When the CHM's are used to monitor large structures such as bridges, a detection of failing protective coating can mean the difference between life and death. It will prompt the need to recoat before failure of the steel. Application of CHM's in difficult to inspect locations will enhance the safety of inspection personnel. Using wireless technology and a network of CHM's, coating health information can be gathered remotely versus hands-on inspection.